Exhibitions

On View

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Outside the Lines: Across Disciplines with Harvard’s Design Engineers

Harvard’s recently launched Master in Design Engineering program is a first-of-its-kind synthesis of future-oriented strategic design, cross-scalar imagination, and rigorous engineering. In this exhibit, we reveal some methods and products of this unique experiment in systemic solutions that cross fields and address issues ranging from food networks…

exhibition dates: NOV 1 – DEC 20, 2018

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How to See Architecture: Bruno Zevi (MArch ’42)

This exhibition begins with a 1941 student memo to the GSD, entitled “An Opinion on Architecture.” In this memo, Bruno Zevi, along with other student authors, states the importance of discourse in architecture in general, specifically calling upon GSD students to create their own publication.

exhibition dates: NOV 1 – DEC 20, 2018

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New Student Fellowships @ the GSD

Through the Grounded Visionaries campaign, the GSD endowed 25 new fellowships—an increase of 60 percent. We are very grateful to the many individuals, corporations, and foundations that have stepped up to support financial aid for students. These fellowships help broaden the diversity of the…

exhibition dates: NOV 1 – DEC 20, 2018

Past Exhibitions

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Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative

“Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative,” the culmination of a four-year investigation funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, argues that the complexity of contemporary urban societies and environments makes communication and collaboration across professional boundaries and academic disciplines essential. Four research projects, focused respectively on…

exhibition dates: AUG 27 – OCT 14, 2018

Eve Blau and Robert Pietrusko, Curators

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Names, Things, Cities: Divine Comedy

Nomi, Cose, Città. Divina Commedia.   The exhibition deconstructs the Divina Commedia in singular elements that are part of specific categories, and creates a visual archive of one of the most famous long narrative poems in the world. Every illustrated image refers to main characters as well as objects, atmospheric agents,…

exhibition dates: AUG 28 – OCT 14, 2018

Francesca Benedetto, Curator

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Dazibao

Dazibao (大字报;  Chinese: “big character report”)  proposes a selection of 360 student drawings spanning a decade of GSD option studios taught by George L. Legendre.  Themes include the legacy of High Modernism (“Mies Immersion II,” 2009), form vs. function (“Real and Imaginary Variables: Art Spaces,”…

exhibition dates: AUG 28 – OCT 14, 2018

George L. Legendre, Curator

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Inside Architecture

Organized by artist Luisa Lambri, with Mark Lee, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Professor in Practice of Architecture. Based on a workshop conducted by artist Luisa Lambri in January 2018, this exhibition features students' photographs of the interior of Harvard University's Carpenter Center designed by Le Corbusier. The project…

exhibition dates: AUG 31 – OCT 14, 2018

Mark Lee, Contributor

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Commencement 2018

Each year, the Commencement exhibition showcases work from graduating students, offering a glimpse into what they have created during their time at the GSD. All featured work is selected by the students themselves, and displayed in poster form alongside postcard versions for visitors to take. Prize…

exhibition dates: MAY 23 – JUL 29, 2018

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Live Feed: Platform 10

Letter from the Dean The mission and the work of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design oscillates between knowledge construction and societal relevance. As it unfolds, this negotiation produces its own themes and variations in emphasis between the two areas. Understanding and then responding…

exhibition dates: MAR 26 – MAY 11, 2018

John May and Jon Lott, Curators

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Design and the Just City

Imagine that the issues of race, income, education and unemployment inequality, and the resulting segregation, isolation and fear, could be addressed by designing for greater access, agency, ownership, beauty or empowerment. Now imagine the Just City — the cities, neighborhoods and public spaces where all…

exhibition dates: MAR 26 – MAY 11, 2018

Toni L. Griffin, Curator

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ULSAN REMADE: Manufacturing the Modern Industrial City

The Spring 2017 option studio “ULSAN REMADE: Manufacturing the Modern Industrial City” worked with the presence of the ‘Fifth Industrial Revolution,’ a current systematic transformation combining accelerated and automated methods of manufacture and industrial production. This transformation features changes to local patterns of energy,…

exhibition dates: MAR 19 – MAY 11, 2018

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Inhabiting the Limbo

By Zahra Safaverdi (MArch '17), Irving Innovation Fellow.  In recent history, the distinction between the product of imagination, the physical manifestation of the image, and that which belongs to the reality of quotidian life is clear. This clarity and emphasis on keeping the realm of the…

exhibition dates: MAR 12 – MAY 11, 2018

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Feminine Power and the Making of Modern Architectural History

Organized by Women in Design (WiD), a student group at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and drawing on a range of archival materials, “Feminine Power and the Making of Modern Architectural History” juxtaposes Jaqueline Tyrwhitt (1905–1983) and Alison Smithson (1928–1993), two women…

exhibition dates: JAN 29 – MAR 18, 2018

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Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech

If recent theory has highlighted architecture’s turn to evident resemblance and signification, we argue this tendency has also produced its other: The landscape of contemporary practice is filled with work whose motivating interests are anterior to meaning and averse to thematization; they are, in a…

exhibition dates: JAN 22 – MAR 11, 2018

K. Michael Hays and Andrew Holder, Curators

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Baroque Machinations (2012–2017)

Curated by Cameron Wu (MArch ’03), Associate Professor of Architecture Plans of three Baroque churches serve as subjects for close reading and formal analysis in this exhibition. Through drawing and animation, each investigation offers a wide range of architectural characteristics produced using a single ruleset…

exhibition dates: JAN 22 – MAR 11, 2018